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Bargain Basement / Re: touch probe/tool height setting probe
« on: January 14, 2013, 09:04:40 PM »
That's Stirling's software and I think it's gone.  But it's still a bed of nails, just faster, right?  Or am I missing something (again)?

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Bargain Basement / Re: touch probe/tool height setting probe
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:34:47 PM »
Yep.  There are two a bed of nails, and a 4th axis routine. 

Its just a probe whether you buy Pauls or Zarzuls.  Neither comes with software. 
That's a bummer.  I have a feeling this is going to be little used without good (fast) software but I guess we'll see.  3D probing sounds like it's going to be painful.

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Bargain Basement / Re: touch probe/tool height setting probe
« on: January 11, 2013, 04:15:13 PM »
What type of probing do you plan to do ???  There is a 3d probing wizard in mach3. It does work.

Stirling is working on a new version of his creepy crawler routine and it should  be top notch. Just have to wait until it is done.

There are plenty of macros and screensets that support 2.5d probing.

Just a thought, (;-) TP
So where's Stirling's Creep Crawler routine?  I want something ;)

I haven't run it yet (can't decide if I'm going to return Zarzul's probe) but is the probing wizard in Mach you referred to the "bed of nails" routine?

Bob, that video is great.  I guess I need to see if I can run that probe's software through my Gecko to get the STL.

Zarzul?  Do you have any software for your probe?

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Bargain Basement / Re: touch probe/tool height setting probe
« on: December 29, 2012, 02:01:06 PM »
There was a pretty fast routine somewhere.  Paul from Deep Groove uses it on his video for the probe he sells.  Might be worth an email to see what that routine is and if he sells it. 
Thanks for the info.  I'll email them but it sounds like this one is going back if I can't get support.

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Bargain Basement / Re: touch probe/tool height setting probe
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:44:03 AM »
Can someone point me to the software needed?  I don't see it on the plug-ins page.

Thanks

Oh, I'm using Rhino for processing, I just need the scanning software.
Could use some help folks.

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Bargain Basement / Re: touch probe/tool height setting probe
« on: December 26, 2012, 12:03:41 AM »
Can someone point me to the software needed?  I don't see it on the plug-ins page.

Thanks

Oh, I'm using Rhino for processing, I just need the scanning software.

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Hey folks,
Sorry for the delayed response, life always gets in the way.  Attached is my current ports and pins layout.  And, here's a link to my C10 BOB manual http://cnc4pc.com/Tech_Docs/C10R10_USER_MANUAL_V2.pdf

I do understand the C10 connections (2, Com, 3) to the G251X (9, 10, 12).  At least I think I do.  The thing I don't understand is what do I tell Mach3 to get it to turn the 4th.  As you can see on the ports and pins layout, numbers 2-9 are all taken.  Do I go to 10 & 11?  Also I made a mistake earlier, I meant that I wanted to put the 4th on the "A" axis, my Y is now my Y & B.  Oh, and disregard the spindle settings; they are not used.

Thanks,
CNC Dan

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The pins on the SS are like the parallel port, in other words on Port 1 you have 1 to 9, 14, 16 and 17 are outputs and 10-13 and 15 are Inputs. Port2 can be either the same as port 1 or you can configure it so that Pin 2-9 are Inputs rather than outputs but all other pins remain the same. Port 3 has 5 inputs 3 of which are differential so can be used for encoder/MPG inputs if your encoder MPG is differential.
As for which Input or Output does what, well that is up to you and you just configure that in Mach, for example if you have limit switches connected to Port 1 Pin 10 you just assign that in Machs Ports and Pins, Inputs page.

Hood
Can you walk me through that a bit more?

Currently I have a running 3 axis CNC.  I'm running XP, Mach3 to my Smooth Stepper, to a G540.  On my machine my Y uses two steppers so I use Y & A from the G540.  I'd like to add a 4th axis.  I purchased a 2nd DB25 cable for port 2, a C10 BOB and G251X driver.  I have a basic idea of how things work, but can't figure out how to tell Mach3 which output (in the ports and pins section) the 4th axis (B) stepper will be.  Gecko provides a doc for the G540 so I never learned how to do this.

Hood, I understand what you're saying about the layout of the pins being like a parallel port.  But, my 4th axis uses port 2.  I see that I need to tell Mach3 port 2 is up (the check box), but what will the pins be?

Thanks in advance,
CNC Dan

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